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Why it Pays to Install a Root Barrier

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 @ 03:01 PM  posted by admin

Roots, left unchecked, can cause structural damages that can cost time and money. As a homeowner, you have an option to combat roots that grow out of control under concrete home foundations, driveways and sidewalks. However, not just anyone is qualified to install a root barrier. If installed incorrectly, trees can be damaged, and even killed. The best solution is to call the experts who can remove the roots safely and at a price that you can afford.

What Are Root Barriers Made Of?

The barrier can be an object that is solid, like sheet metal. Or it can be soil that is sectioned off in zones and is treated with chemicals. If treated with chemicals, they will be attached to a fabric in the form of pellets. The idea is to prevent roots from growing in places where they are not wanted.

When roots form under a foundation, they will eventually dry out the soil and cause it to settle. Determined roots can also invade pipes and cause extensive plumbing problems. When that happens, there is no alternative but to call the plumber. Hopefully, the repairs will not be too expensive. You might think of installing a root barrier as preventative maintenance. Root barriers are cheaper than foundation repairs any day of the week. While a root barrier is not guaranteed to absolutely stop roots from growing, you can count on most root growth being stopped cold in its tracks.

How Long Can a Root Barrier Be Expected to Last?

If your root barrier is made of plastic or concrete, you can expect longevity. If the barrier is comprised of chemicals, its longevity may depend on the amount of water that reaches the treated soil. Typically, soil root barriers will last for about five years or more.

Root Barrier Installations

Root barriers, concrete or plastic, are typically installed by digging a trench. It takes work, and is a bit beyond installing it for weekend exercise. If your plans are to do it yourself, make sure that you have the right tools, time, and state of mind. Next, the choice of materials is laid in the trench and then the trench is filled. As we mentioned earlier, it is imperative that you hire professionals who know how to properly install a barrier.

With respect to cost, we can inspect the property and give you an estimate. Of course, there is always an advantage compared to what a foundation might cost to repair. Calling the professionals at Wauson Tree Services has its advantages. We are skilled, licensed arborists who believe that customer service is still king. We also have the right tools and the personnel to get the job done. Call us today at 214-450-8720 or email at

Root Barriers Can Prevent Expensive Property Damage

Sunday, May 15, 2011 @ 08:05 PM  posted by admin

Millions of dollars are spent annually on commercial and residential repairs to fix cracked pavement and damaged sprinkler lines damaged by shrubbery or tree roots. Damage occurs when too little space is allocated for root systems to grow and develop within their natural environment.  Installing root barriers might be the easiest way to offset the damages that can occur from future root growth, especially where new trees are planted on streets or in new parking lots. Wayward roots can also do a significant amount of damage to driveways and other hardscapes.

Roots tend to travel away from a tree’s trunk in the search for water and nutrients. While access to water is necessary for a tree’s healthy growth, a tree’s roots can literally suck the moisture from the soil leaving it dry and flaky. This may have an affect on other plants, trees or shrubbery planted in the immediate area.

Pavement and hardscapes all depend on the integrity of their base materials that lie just below the surface. It’s the disruption or movement of these materials that causes rutting, heaving and paving surface displacement, which can present a dangerous hazard to vehicles and pedestrians.

Many home and property owners consider root barriers a non-necessity. The truth is they are quite affordable and much less expensive than having to repair a foundation’s damage. For repair or damage prevention, material used for root barriers may include concrete, plastic, or tough flexible material that resists cracking from potential soil movement or applied root pressure. It takes a skilled arborist to determine what works best in any scenario.

An arborist can also suggest which roots of a shrub, plant or tree need to be trimmed. To most, the thought of pruning roots might sound like an alarming attempt to control root growth, but it can often resolve numerous root problems before they actualize. Pruning roots is not a common practice, because there is the potential for harm if not done properly. There are definite tools and techniques that must be used to keep trees safe. For this reason, many home and property owners often leave obstructive roots unattended, which can of course lead to property damage.

Don’t hesitate to contact Wauson Tree Service for a free quote. We’ve been in business for over 50 years and we don’t sub-contract work out to other companies. We’d much rather pass the savings on to you. Feel free to ask about all the tree services we provide, such as stump removal, cabling, fertilization and more. Just call Walt at 214-450-8720, or email us today at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com.